1/25/12

natural face cleaner

Last month I was on the search for a good oil to use as a moisturizer for my face. I have very sensitive skin and the winter months tend to take a toll on it, especially my face and hands. I was looking for a natural moisturizer that would do the trick but also leave my face feeling fresh and rejuvenated. My friend Erica quickly jumped in and recommended the oil cleaning method. I've used oils on my body before but I'm always been a bit nervous about trying something new on my face.

It's been over a month since I've been using this method and I couldn't be happier with the results! I do my routine every night and it does remove all traces of makeup. The skin on my face is clean and soft. Most times I don't use extra moisturizer but sometimes I use this at night and this during the day. I still use this eye cream everyday in an attempt to prevent those wrinkles.

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Simply follow these instructions from Simple Mom blog. I found a glass container with an eye dropper at my local health food store and I use this to mix my oils.

1. Make your cleaner


Simply mix the oils together in a small bottle, give it a little shake, and you’ve got yourself a homemade, frugal facial cleanser. The most popular blend of oils for this cleansing method is castor oil and extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO). The castor oil draws out dirt and other gunk from your pores. The EVOO is a brilliant moisturizer, helping heal and nourish the skin.

• For those with normal skin, you could start off with a one-to-one ratio of castor oil and EVOO.

• For those with acne-prone or oily skin, reduce the proportion of EVOO, and try three parts castor oil to one part EVOO.

• For those with drier skin, start off with one part castor oil to three parts EVOO. This is what I use.

Experiment, and find what ratio works for you. Just start off with a little bit, and then try it for a few days.

2. Gently rub it in

Pour a quarter-sized amount into your palm, rub your hands together, and slowly massage your skin with your fingertips. Don’t splash your face with water first — apply it dry. Work the oil into your skin for about a minute, and enjoy the peaceful massage at work. Don’t scrub — just rub.

3. Steam your face

Next, wet a washcloth with hot water (but not scalding!), and put it over your face until it’s about room temperature. This is steaming out your pores, removing the impurities and the dead skin cells. It’ll take about a minute — enjoy the nearly-free facial.

4. Wipe off the oil


Take the washcloth, rinse and wring it, then gently wipe off the oil. Your skin will probably feel softer immediately.

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That's it! I follow this method every night. In the morning I wake up and splash my face with water and pat dry.
I then add a small amount of moisturizer, make up if I choose and I'm all set for the day.

If you decide to try this let me know. I would love to hear your thoughts and results.

13 comments:

  1. I am going to have to run out to Raisin Rack and get these products!
    My skin is so sensitive and I have been spending a fortune on moisturizers and soaps from Sephora. I can hardly afford them!

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    1. yes!! that's actually where i got the jar and castor oil;) i have super sensitive skin too and have tried everything. i have found some good products at sephora but everything tends to be still a little harsh for my skin. let me know how it goes!

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  2. I love home DIY. This will be perfect to try out since i'm out of face cleaner :)

    http://www.lyzhang.com

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    1. i have tried so many different brands and I love this! easy, affordable and very relaxing. keep me posted ;)

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  3. Yay, thanks for the review!
    http://www.saysskippy.blogspot.com

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  4. Thanks for the mention! I also really like this method, but the only drawback is that it takes a bit more time, and occasionally, at the end of the day, those extra three min are like....soooooooo hard. Haha. But it does leave my face felling so good, so it's worth powering through!

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    1. you know, i was going to mention that! it does take a few extra minutes of your day. however, it is really relaxing. i forces you to take five minutes for yourself. and the hot washcloth feels so good. sometimes thats what i need at the end of the day ;)

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  5. i'm sooo intrigued by this! i have super sensitive skin too, it breaks out super easy. do you think this would be bad for breakouts? and what under eye cream do you use?

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    1. it sounds like this regimen can be applied to all skin types?? you would probably use less evoo and more of an equivalent ratio? but kinda guessing here! her article is pretty detailed and it's a great site! i think you would like it.

      i've tried several eye creams and this is what i use now and i really like it:

      http://www.kiehls.com/Abyssine-Eye-Cream/546,default,pd.html?start=3&cgid=face-eye

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  6. I get really dry skin during the winter so I definitely want to try this, thank you for sharing!

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  7. I like this so much I pinned it! Going to get all of the ingredients this weekend.

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